Nazi imagery is a big nein-nein in Germany, and the localised version of Wolfenstein was supposed to have removed all of it. A small swastika slipped through, and Activision is said to be recalling the game from shelves there.
The news, sourced back to 4players.de (translation) attributes a statement to Activision saying that “although it is not a conspicuous element in the normal game … we have decided to take this game immediately from the German market”.
Whether that means the content isn’t in the game but is on a disc for modders to exploit, or if it’s a swastika as part of a background somewhere, who knows. Planet Wolfenstein notes that the Wolfenstein teams from Endrant and Raven already have been laid off, putting a revised localisation into doubt.
We’ve emailed Activision for comment. Should any be provided, it’ll be updated here.
Update: Via twitter, Kotaku reader Spunior pointed me back to one of the sites also linking to 4player.de. Schnitterbericht has a ton of screenshots showing differences in the US and German versions of Wolfenstein. The final one (scroll alllllll the way down) shows a faint swastika at the bottom of a poster. If that really triggered a voluntary recall, Mein Gott in himmel!
Sell Stop in Germany [4players.de, via Blue’s News]